In the heart of the village of Rochdale is a sign reminiscent of the newer ones in Worcester:
In case you can’t see it, here’s a closer look:
My first thought was — is there a Sheldon Street in Worcester that now lacks a sign? The answer is no — and there also isn’t a Sheldon Street on the books in Leicester/Rochdale.
My second thought was — could this be a secret retreat/hideaway for one of Worcester’s lovers of hearts & serifs, like Mike O’Brien or Bob Moylan? If so, why choose a fictitious street name?
Perhaps this is the abode of a kleptomaniacal DPW Sign Shop worker who really loves what he does to Worcester’s street signs all day?
A peek at the assessor’s data reveal that the owners of that blue house actually have the surname Sheldon. Is our DPW department now selling street name signs as souvenirs?
Who knows, perhaps this could be the way to plug the fiscal gap created when UMass took a bunch of properties off the tax rolls.